ACCESSORIES

Customizable Neon Signs

What to do when your name falls from the top spot on your friends’ ‘effing-coolest-person-I-know’ list? Here’s what: don’t fret. Take off whatever ‘on trend’ accessory you’re wearing, and put down that bottle of bourbon. You don’t need to order the Digital Edition of Tracey Emin’s I Listen To The Ocean And All I Hear Is You to placate your loneliness, though you can if you want. Or, simply order a custom neon sign with an appropriately meta phrase and then sit back and reflect on the journey thus far. Those finicky friends will come knocking once the glow of the light filters through the windows as they walk past, and they’ll know that you know what’s up.
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Price: $68.00 per letter
Available from: Michele Varian

Intersect Valet

Here’s yet another option for your entryway landing spot: a set of three brass hooks with a six inch square shelf. The small shelf and span of just three hooks ensures that only the essentials are kept (your phone and/or wallet, plus a bag, scarf, and coat). Let’s hope that will help all the other stuff that we carry around on our bodies get tucked away in their correct spots- away from the door.
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Price: $148.00
Available from: Leibal

Boh Blanket

What do we need when the temperature drops? A hot cup of tea, a good book, and a wool blanket will do just fine, thank you very much. And, if that wool blanket has a nice skewed stripe design and is made from 100% lambs wool, well, that just makes things perfect. Available in black/gray, red, or bottle green, from Merchant No. 4 or directly from the designer, Forestry, for €129.
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Price: $178.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Hall-in-One

The only unfortunate thing about this coathanger/mirror is that it’s not yet available in the U.S.; the rest of its attributes place it in firmly in the ‘must have’ category for anyone fond of minimalism. This Hall-in-One birch board has a slim pocket, a mirror, and felt coat and/or key hangers across the bottom edge. It’s the perfect perch for your coat, keys, and other sundries right beside your main entry door. And, if you need more surface area to store your personal miscellany, do take a look at the Coatboard, €479, also by Dimitri Cassiers and available through Mookum.
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Price: €109.00
Available from: Mookum

1.5.1 Ray : Long and Large Board

With an angular profile and etched lines, this is one fancy serving board. ‘Fancy’ as in, really nice and impressive, and sure to raise your cheese and charcuterie spread to a higher level. Beveled edges give an easier grasp when picking up or setting down. Available in two sizes.
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Price: $130.00 - 150.00
Available from: OnOurTable

Solid Copper Flask

Need a new home for your happy juice? How about a handcrafted, pure solid copper flask? It will patina with use, so as you age, it will too. And if that makes you sad, don’t you worry: if you prefer to keep it polished, just use a mixture of ketchup (yes, ketchup) and coarse salt to bring back the shine. I see this as a perfect gift for a special event like the birth of a newborn (for the parents), a big promotion, or a silver or golden anniversary- be sure to attach an applicable quote, of course, so that your gift is received in the right light.
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Price: $215.00
Available from: Surname

Normann Copenhagen Silicone Nutcracker

Get ready to crack some nuts with the Normann Copenhagen Silicone Nutcracker. Silicone ensures a soft, comfortable grip so that almost anyone can use it, young or old. The silicone bounces back into its original shape after the nut has been cracked and that means more nuts cracked with less faffing about.
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Price: $53.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Normann Copenhagen Tea Strainer

This tea strainer has a flexible silicone body that fits any cup, mug or teapot. The hat-like funnel top retains heat and flavor while your tea is brewing; simply remove the strainer with a built-in handle (no burnt fingers) and fold the silicone top down/up like the brim of a hat to prevent spills or errant drops. Smart!
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Price: $26.50
Available from: Vertigo Home

Opus Garten

Repotting plants can be messy, and that’s exactly why this Opus Garten PottingTray and tools are something to consider. The PottingTray is made from durable, flexible silicone and protects tables and countertops as well as keeping dirt from going everywhere. Clean up is easy, just stick it in a dishwasher or run it under the tap.

The tools, a.k.a. the Handworktoy™, are indoor garden tools that include a soil scoop, large tweezer, and a versatile garden knife. And, if you need another planter, check out the sub-irrigation WallPlanter with a ball and cord system that makes it easy to place and remove. Back the project over at Kickstarter and your future repotting project cleanups will be a breeze.
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Price: $65.00 - 250.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Rotating Frame Set

It’s nice to have a few personal photos in frames scattered around, unless you’re a severe minimalist, in which case those same pictures of family and friends would give you a serious bout of itchiness. Maybe do yourself a favor and clean up that clutter of photo frames by replacing several frames with just this one Rotating Frame Set. It holds ten photos or artworks, and each frame rotates on a wood dowel for vertical or horizontal presentation. On sale now from MoMA Store for $39.95 (contrast that with the sold out $85 tag over at Dwell Store).
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Price: $39.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Crumpled Sky Map

Just where is Perseus? What about Ursa Minor? Stop asking and start finding out by carrying this Crumpled Sky Map around on your various outdoor endeavors. Whether you use it in your backyard or on a backpacking trip, it won’t wear out, as it’s printed on the paper-like (and waterproof) material Tyvek®. It’s a good size- 35″ x 35″- and printed with glow-in-the-dark ink so you can see all the constellations properly.
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Price: $33.00
Available from: A+R Store

All Dock

You’ll be happy to see this charging station, trust me. Yes, it is streamlined and altogether unoffensive to the eyes, which is a definite plus, but a handsome face only goes so far, right? Well, the All Dock has 2400mA per USB exit, and in terms all of us can understand, that means it is SUPER fast. Your phone can be recharged nearly 80% in less than 1 hour, and it’s compatible with nearly all devices. Charge, dock, and store any and all your devices in one spot. There’s several sizes and finishes available, and keep in mind that there’s a mere 15 days to go for funding if you want to get on board now and receive one at a discounted price.
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Price: $39.00 - 149.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Hex Mirror

Maybe you need a little hexagonal mirror for your bathroom? Or what about an empty hallway that could use a wink of light bouncing around? Perhaps a lonely wall needs an equilateral kind of friend to keep it company? You’re sure to find the right spot for such a perfectly sized mirror, and if you don’t, just send it over to me and I’ll give it a home. Designed (and sold) by DANIEL EMMA.
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Price: AUS110.00
Available from: DANIEL EMMA

Printsagram Greeting Cards

Combine your Instagram photos with the traditional method of keeping in touch: greeting cards. You might think handwritten cards belong in a museum, but you’d be wrong. Why not show off your mad skills when it comes to taking photos with your phone? Friends and family are sure to be impressed, and possibly treasure your card as a keepsake, maybe even frame it (!).
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Printsagram

Swing Arm Wall Sconce

If you need/want an inexpensive, simple wall sconce, get a load of this matte black steel light designed by Lime Studio (and available from CB2). Not bad, eh? A swivel arm gets light right where you want, making it perfect for a bedside reading companion. And, if you have some time, take a look at Lime Studio’s other products- they show a lot of promise, especially if other items will lean towards an affordable price point like this lamp.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.95
Available from: CB2